How To Start an NA Meeting

How to start a Meeting (From NA World Services)

NA groups are formed and facilitated by NA members, and starting an NA meeting can be relatively easy. While NA meetings may vary greatly in structure and format, they are always started to carry the NA message of recovery to the addict in the most effective way – addict to addict.

If you are not an addict, we encourage you to reach out to our local NA community via our helpline 0861 00 6962 or website


Step 1: Study The Group Booklet available at and check out other NA literature on the page.

Step 2: Gain support from other NA members in or near your community by attending NA meetings and letting members know you intend to start a new group.

Step 3: Find a meeting place; determine the day(s) and time(s) of the meeting.

Step 4: Develop your meeting format. Remember you can change it as you find what works and what doesn’t.

Step 5: Review the Local Service Resource page support materials, including sample meeting formats: These can be adapted to meet your group’s needs.

Step 6: Contact your local Area Services Committee to announce your new group.

This body usually oversees: • Local NA website that will list the meeting • Local Subcommittees such as Literature, Phoneline and Public Relations • Host Area Services Committee meetings where all groups meet monthly to decide on

Step 7: Register and update your group’s meeting information with your local Website Chair and Phoneline chair.

Step 8: Establish guidelines for managing the group’s funds. The Group Booklet will be available from the Literature Subcommittee and the Area Service Committee can provide an induction.

Step 9: Get literature. This is ordered from the Literature subcommittee who have predetermined collection days.

Recommended Further Reading: Narcotics Anonymous World Services provides literature, service materials, bulletins and various other tools for NA members, NA groups, and NA service committees as resources in their NA service delivery efforts.

NAWS bulletins:

Open and closed NA meetings
Special interest meetings

Service Pamphlets:

Group Trusted Servants: Roles and Responsibilities
Group Business Meetings
Disruptive and Violent Behavior
NA Groups & Medication